I really hope I wasn’t the only one curious when I saw the Photo of the Paganini Statue standing at Farrarmere Primary School.
After some research I found an article in the Benoni City Times dated 12 November 2016 about the Paganini Statue.
Apparently it was sculptured by Ralph Palmer, an Englishman educated in South Africa. He sculptured the 11 foot, 4 ton statue in Jolly Street, Johannesburg. The Pagini Statue was originally holding a violin under his chin.
The Paganini Statue was found in storage by Gerald Ebertson in 1979. Gerald Ebertson is a retired principal of Farrarmere Primary School and a lover of all things cultural and historic.
He wrote a letter to the Council and asked for the statue. Morrie Nestadt (former Benoni Mayor), Ron Howie, Lionel Kent and George Walmsley rescued the statue from a shed in Johannesburg and brought it to Benoni.
The statue stood in Nestadt Park and at one of the dams in Benoni. But as it happens, vandals threw stones and painted poor old Paganini damaging it.
Paganini now lives in the quad at Farrarmere Primary School. Problem solved!
Both Photos taken from Farrarmere Primary School Facebook Page
But who is Paganini?
Niccolò Paganini was an Italian violinist, guitarist, and composer. Born
27 October 1782 and died 27 May 1840.
He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 are among the best known of his compositions, and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.
You can get more details on Paganini on Wikipedia here